Going to School Fund

Going to School creates design-driven stories to teach India's poorest children skills at school. We're an award-winning nonprofit trust with a 10-year track record of inspiring millions of children in India to stay in school, learn skills, use their education to transform their lives and create their own opportunities. Our journey began in 2003 when we created Going to School in India, a children's book that tells 25 stories of what school can be, from going to school in a tent in a desert to going to school in the dark with solar lanterns. We made the book into a pioneering TV series that aired on India's leading television networks reaching 65 million children. Our next se...
May 8, 2012

Teaching organizational skills: Geet's Cookbook

We are delighted to be able to release 50 beautiful books that teach entrepreneurlal skills to the poorest children into 1,000 Government Schools in Bihar (India's poorest state) reaching 300,000 children, that's 150,000 girls in Grade 9.

Design innovation at work: for the first time epic graphic novels will teach children skills in India through the school system.

Each week children will read one story for two hours and then complete a skills activity in their community. From mapping your social network to the Chief Minister to figuring out who in your Family Tree is an entrepreneur, the activites are fun and relevant to children's lives. Once a week we collect these activities from children and scan them into a central database. 

From June 15, 2012 onwards we'll be able to tell you week on week how many girls completed activities, what businesses they wish to start and which skills they think they need the most.

These schools are not online nor do many of them have electricity, so in 2012, it's still only a book that reaches the poorest children in India.

We look forward to sharing our emerging stories with you.

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May 8, 2012

Going to School in a Mud Desert

What is it like to go to school where you go to school?

This is a question that children ask each other when they meet around the world. It's also a question that children ask each other in India. What is it like to go to school in Kashmir, on a lake? In Tamil Nadu, by the sea? In Gujarat, in the middle of a Mud Desert? 

Going to School in India mini books are meant for children age 8+ to celebrate what it is like to go to school in India and be inspired. To learn through activities that are relevant to where children live, to be able to learn about other children.

Since Going to School in India was published 9 years ago, Going to School Mini Books in regional languages have been distributed to over five million children in 45,000 Government Primary Schools. The stories have also been incorporated in national curriculum.

To go to school and be inspired is a gift, a story helps children believe they can make it come true.

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Feb 15, 2012

Be! an Entrepreneur - 1,000 schools in Bihar

Bijali Brings a Carnival to her Village
Bijali Brings a Carnival to her Village

Be! an Entrepreneur is a multimedia skills education initiative to teach children in India, who live in poverty, entrepreneurial skills so they can use their education to transform their lives. 7 epic movies, 50 books (each teaches an entrepreneurial skill) and a 15 part radio series inspire millions of young people from low-income groups in India to choose to become entrepreneurs and to pioneer enterprises that solve the social, economic and environmental problems they face in their lives. Be! makes ‘going to school’ relevant to employment – encouraging India’s poorest children to stay in school to learn skills that will help them get a job, or ‘create a job’ by choosing to become entrepreneurs. 

 

Going to School is honored to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education, Government of Bihar for pioneering this project in 1,000 secondary schools in the state –reaching 300,000 children in grade 9.

 

Objectives of the Programme 

-       To teach entrepreneurial/employability skills to 300,000 children in grade 9 in 1,000 secondary schools through 50 Be! skills books. Be! skills books make education relevant to employment, with the aim of reducing the dropout rate, so when children leave school after completing the Be! skills program, they have learned 50 skills, from making a plan and a budget, to negotiation, communication and problem-solving. Young people are then aware of the skills they have learned and can be better prepared to get a job or choose to ‘create a job’ i.e. become an entrepreneur

-       To create a supportive environment, state-wide, for young people to choose to become entrepreneurs, to use mass media, movies and radio shows to change attitude of parents and decision makers in young people’s lives towards entrepreneurship; to view it as a viable career choice for young people and to support young people in that choice.

 

The Problems Be! Addresses

School education is currently not relevant to getting a job or creating a job.

Employability skills are not yet taught at scale to young people age 10-16 in school.

Young people drop out of school, unskilled.

While the economy is growing, it cannot create enough jobs for everyone – statistics point to 210 million young people under the age of 30 by the year 2020 that will be in search of jobs.

At the same time India faces pressing problems of water, waste, energy, housing and sanitation, further exacerbated by a growing population.

One solution to unemployment and solving local problems is mass entrepreneurship.

Young people need to be taught employability skills in school to be able to get a job or create a job once they have completed their education.

Further, young people currently to do not have access to the information they need to become self-employed. Young people need access to skills training information and finance, in their own languages and relevant to their local areas.

 

Roll Out & Monitoring

GTS will set up an office in Patna, the state capital.

Training of 2,000 teachers from 1,000 secondary schools by GTS team.

Print run of 50 Be! books, each teaching an entrepreneurial skill

Teachers will leave the training with sets of Be! books

300,000 children in grade 9 in 1,000 schools will read one book each week and complete a related skill activity each week.

GTS team will collect the completed activities each week and scan and upload them into an IT monitoring system. The activities will help us monitor the training in schools as well as understand children’s comprehension of each skill.

Be! movies and radio shows on local channels will spread awareness on the presence of Be! books in schools and create a supportive environment for children to choose to become entrepreneurs when they grow up.

Mt Family Tree
Mt Family Tree
Seher
Seher's Bolt of Lightning Business

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